Marcel Fässler’s drive in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R was abruptly interrupted by a complete electrical failure. The car shut off and Fässler had to pull off to the side, almost being taken out by the race-leading Cadillac DPi-V.R of Max Angelelli in the process.
Poor, poor-’Vette can’t seem to live down its recent fires. For two years in a row, Corvette Racing’s No. 4 car has caught on fire during the Roar Before the 24 test day for Daytona. Now even Ferrari folks—people well versed in spontaneous vehicular combustion—are having a chuckle at their expense.
While we’re probably not going to see the latest, greatest street Corvette revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Chevrolet still unleashed their 2017-spec Corvette C7.R race car on Daytona International Speedway for the Roar Before the 24 test weekend. Well, they did until it went down in flames.
Staying awake for all of Lone Star Le Mans’ races today is a feat, given that it starts with a warm-up session at 8:00 a.m., the last race finishes at 11:00 p.m., and it’s oppressively hot and humid outside. A few racers did multiple events this weekend, but the most impressive feat was that of Ricky Taylor.
Sadly, it is the No. 64 Corvette’s turn for bad luck this year. The 2015 race-winning team burst open a tire wall at Turn 1 after driver Tommy Milner lost control. Fortunately, Milner is okay, but the car certainly isn’t.
The low, rumbling howl of the Corvette C7.R’s V8 engine is amazing in its own right, but I think the mating call that summons them may just be slightly more amazing.
Sometimes a racer tries a move that just makes you shake your head and go “nah.” Nah, man. Naaaaaah. Today, it happened in the last five minutes of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Long Beach. What on earth was this Porsche driver thinking?
[While these are the two most common flags you see at a 24 Hours of LeMons race — debris and slow traffic — this marshal is actually celebrating the end of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The class-winning Corvette C7.R was neither leaky nor slow. Photo credit: Ker Robertson/Getty Images]
[In addition to being an efficient way to allow air to flow into the cabin and cool the driver, this little vent on the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driver’s door also doubles as a stylish bunny holder when the race car is parked.]
Corvette Racing was devastated to pull an entry from Le Mans for the first time ever, but given the smack in this video of the number 63 car eating the wall outside the Porsche Curves, it’s not hard to see why.
After Jan Magnussen’s crash at the Porsche Curves during today’s second qualifying session, the No. 63 Corvette C7.R is being pulled from the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to the extent of the damage.
Everyone knows and loves the classic Corvette racing yellow and black. Customer team Larbre Competition just updated that paint scheme with this wild yellow, black, green and white livery for their new Corvette C7.R. And oh yes, the World Endurance Championship's favorite 'Vette squad is back in a Chevy.
Along with the debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06 comes the debut of a new Corvette race car. The new C7.R promises to take up where the last Vette left off, and that's beating up on every other manufacturer in sports car racing.
With a new Corvette comes a new Corvette race car. This is your first peek at the C7.R.